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Kanawha County teen recovering after crash that took the life of his father

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Hunter Canterbury is still recovering at a local hospital from injuries he sustained in the wreck. Hunter Canterbury is still recovering at a local hospital from injuries he sustained in the wreck.
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When Jamie Canterbury got a call early last Wednesday she braced herself.  "I knew instantly that something was wrong," she said.  She listened to the voice on the other end of the line.  Canterbury said, "It was, Jim and Hunter had been in a wreck and Hunter was in the ICU."

Her step-father Jim Hoover and her brother Hunter wrecked on I79 by Big Chimney.  Investigators believed black ice was to blame.  Jamie's step-dad, Hunter's father, was killed instantly, but Hunter survived.  Neither was wearing their seat belt, according to investigators.  "We try to hold each other together.  We try to stay positive," Jamie said. 

Staying positive because nearly a week later Hunter is making serious progress.  A wrester, football player, Hunter Canterbury is one strong 13-year-old.  Jamie said,  "We ask him to wiggle his fingers and he wiggles his fingers."

Throughout Hunter's recovery his family says that his friends and classmates at Elkview Middle School have supported him from the beginning.  "They all know how special he is," she said. "They knew as much as we do that he's a special kid."

His family said Hunter is a special kid who has many, many people waiting for him to get well soon.   In the meantime, Jamie has a message she wants to get out.  "Every time you get into a car wear your seat belt," she said.  "Every time you talk to someone you love, tell them you love them.  It might be the last time.  He's still here.  We have that.  I thank the Lord everyday for that."

The fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Elkview Middle School.  Organizers said hot dogs and t-shirts will be for sale, along with other items.  A fund has also been set up at all Chase Banks in the name of Hunter Canterbury.  The money collected will go towards hospital bills.

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A fundraiser is set for a 13-year-old Elkview Middle School student involved in a fatal crash last week.

Hunter Canterbury survived the wreck that occurred early Wednesday morning near the Big Chimney exit on I79.  His father, James Hoover, of Big Chimney, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Investigators said black ice was to blame.  Neither of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts. 

The fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Elkview Middle School.  Organizers said hot dogs and t-shirts will be for sale, along with other items.  A fund has also been set up at all Chase Banks in the name of Hunter Canterbury.  The money collected will go towards hospital bills.

Jamie Canterbury said Tuesday that Hunter is improving daily.  Doctors have begun to wean him off of his sedatives and he is responding to touch. 

So far, funeral arrangements have not been set for Hoover.  Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.